First Northern Michigan Blogging Conference and Retreat Oct. 5-7 in Petoskey.

The First ever Northern Michigan blogging conference and retreat takes place Oct. 5-7 in Petoskey. The "Mitten Moms" conference and retreat is for bloggers of all levels and for those in business interested in working with bloggers or starting to

The First ever Northern Michigan blogging conference and retreat takes place Oct. 5-7 in Petoskey. The "Mitten Moms" conference and retreat is for bloggers of all levels and for those in business interested in working with bloggers or starting to blog or use social media for their small business.

The conference focuses on bringing together Michigan bloggers and Michigan brands to support Michigan's economy while connecting small business to bloggers, social media tools and advice to take a blogger to the next level, whatever their level might be. Ticket and session options offer variety for all budgets and experience levels.

Of special interest for small business owners in the area is a special session on Friday, Oct. 5 from 1-4 p.m. at North Central Michigan College. This session will feature panel discussions lead by experienced bloggers on Niche blogging to help the novice learn where to begin and find their niche in the blogosphere. It will also feature a panel discussion on using Pinterest and Instagram for your blog and business. The cost is only $10, call to reserve your spot 231.838.6236 or visit http://mittenmoms.com/conference.
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The conference and retreat is organized by Petoskey's Sommer Poquette, national blogger and one of the 2009 Nielsen Online top 50 Mom Bloggers in the U.S. Poquette has spoken at national social media conferences, has 6 years of blogging experience, experience with working with small and large brands and is currently a full-time social media consultant for the Shaklee Corporation working on blogger relations and campaigns.

Poquette said "The conference will feature top notch speakers all from Michigan or with strong connections and ties to the mitten state! Content will include how to begin blogging, how to work with brands and PR and why a media kit is important, improving your photography skills for your blog and social media posts, search engine optimization and traffic for your blog, how to protect your blog and content legally, how to make money blogging and much more."

Poquette continued, "My years of experience working with brands and bloggers nationally made me want to focus on a local conference and effort to connect bloggers and brands here right in my own backyard but to also let those attending experience Petoskey, Michigan. All too often I attend a conference and only see the inside of the hotel or conference center, I wanted this conference to be different! This will not be the last Mitten Moms conference, planning has already started for next year, the support has been tremendous and exciting!""

Full conference passes allow bloggers to experience Petoskey and not just see the inside of a conference room but be fully immersed in the city with dinning, shopping, a historically fact checked downtown ghost tour and waterfront fitness walk. Learn more about the conference speakers, attendees, sponsors and schedule at http://mittenmoms.com/conference.

Local sponsorship and support include Odawa Casino, North Central Michigan College, Luxury Bath and Spa, Grandpa Shorter's and the Petoskey Chamber. Michigan brands and companies supporting the conference include ecoStore USA, Hudsonville Ice Creamery and Ice Cream Company, Crunch Granola, Dot Mine Day Planners, MG Design and Photography, Randall's Beans and many, many more.

Learn more about the conference speakers, attendees, sponsors and schedule at http://mittenmoms.com/conference

For questions contact Sommer Poquette at 231.838.6236 or sommerpoquette@gmail.com.

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